Presonus ATOM
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Rhythm nation.

Capture the beat whenever and wherever creativity strikes with PreSonus®’ ATOM. An intuitive, musical, MIDI pad controller, ATOM’s dynamic, ultra-sensitive pads will give you all the expression you need, whether you’re making a beat, creating a driving synth line, or triggering sound effects and loops on the fly. Tight integration with both Studio One® and Ableton® Live mean that you stay inspired without missing a beat. Your focus will be off the screen and on your performance—where it matters most.

Impactful creation.

Fully bus-powered by USB, and compact enough to ride in your backpack with your laptop, ATOM is tightly integrated with Studio One and Impact XT. Impact XT is a powerful pad-style sampler with 16 pads, each with its own pitch, amplifier, and filter controls, all editable via ATOM so you can make adjustments on the fly. More than just a pad controller, ATOM also allows you to quickly add virtual instruments, change presets, create loop points, control the Studio One transport and more, allowing you to build dynamic performances and blazing fast productions.

Get in the groove.

Included with ATOM, Studio One Artist music production software enables you to compose, record, and produce without getting distracted by the tools or hemmed in with track limitations. Easy to learn and intuitive to use, Studio One’s unique drag and drop workflow and powerful tools will let you produce faster than ever before. Also included is a carefully curated loop and one-shot library custom-designed for ATOM by the hitmakers at MVP Loops. And if you need more, Studio One lets you shop, audition, and purchase new content right from your production environment.

Live in the moment.

While compatible with most third-party software, ATOM offers deeper integration with Ableton Live (version 10.1.5 and later). Launch clips and scenes, change track volume and panning, and switch between Session and Arranger views all while playing virtual instruments and Live’s Drum Rack device from ATOM’s 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. Add another ATOM to your setup and use one ATOM to perform and the second to launch and record clips. Two or more ATOM MIDI pad controllers can also be used to extend the performance range for your instruments and Drum Rack. Even better: any ATOM purchased after October 20, 2019 gets a free copy of Ableton Live Lite dropped in your My.PreSonus account.

Drop the beat.

Intuitive and easy-to-use, ATOM is more than just an expressive MIDI pad controller, it’s a production and performance controller as well. Use the velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads to play your virtual instruments live, with incredible expressiveness. Navigate your session without looking at the screen. Automate filter sweeps with four responsive knobs. Wherever inspiration takes you, ATOM lets you focus on the music.


Trigger loops and effects and play virtual instruments with 16 full-size, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads

8 assignable pad banks

MIDI Keyboard mode, Note Repeat mode, and Full Velocity mode to customize instrument control (Application dependent)

4 programmable rotary encoders and 20 assignable buttons, navigate and set more parameters faster

Pressure switchable between MIDI aftertouch, channel pressure, and CC messages

Selectable pad velocity curves and pad pressure thresholds

Studio One Integration Features

Automatically detected by Studio One Artist, no setup required

Navigate and choose an instrument from the Browser

Studio One dynamically switches ATOM between Keyboard and Drum modes depending on the selected instrument

Create a new track

Change presets on a virtual instrument

Change song tempo

Set looping points

Navigate the timeline

Zoom in and out on the timeline or events

Edit and quantize MIDI events

Transport control (stop, play, record)

Ableton Live Integration Features

Navigate Up, Down, Left, or Right in Live's Session view in banks of 4 with ATOM's navigation buttons

Launch clips and scenes using ATOM's Session mode

RGB LEDs display which clips are playing or stopped and reflect each clip's assigned color

Play virtual instruments and Live's Drum Rack device using ATOM's Note mode

Navigate Live's mixer using ATOM's Channel mode

Select, Solo, and Record Enable channels as well as stop all clips on a selected channel

Knobs are used to change track volume, track panning, Sends A, and Sends B for the selected bank

Switch between Session and Arranger views from ATOM

Record in either Session Record or Arranger Record modes

Dedicated User mode for custom user assignments

Metronome On/Off, Save and Undo, Loop On/Off, and more...

NOTE: In order to utilize these features in Live, ATOM firmware must be updated to version 3.4 (released via Universal Control on November 19, 2019). Advanced integration features are only available with Ableton Live 10.1.5 or later.


MIDI "keyboard" mode

Note Repeat mode

Full Velocity mode (only send velocity 127)

*May vary depending on application.


USB 2.0

Included Software

Studio One Artist production software for Mac and Windows

Ableton Live Lite (for registered users after October 20, 2019)

MVP Loops content custom-designed for ATOM

Compatible with most music production and performance software for Mac and Windows

Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for ATOM with Studio One 4 or later:



Windows 10 (64-bit only)

Intel i3 / AMD A10 processor or better

4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)


macOS 10.13 or higher (64-bit only)

Intel i3 or better

4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

Windows and Mac Systems

USB-C or USB-A 2.0 port compatibility

32 GB hard disk space

Monitor with 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)

Multitouch-enabled monitor required for touch operation

Universal Control 2.9 or later (for firmware updates)

Studio One 4.1+ required for native integration

Technical Specifications


Connection Type              USB 2.0 (bus-powered)

Pads, Buttons, and Knobs

16 full-size velocity- and pressure-sensitive, RGB LED pads

20 assignable buttons

4 endless rotary knobs

1 Setup button


Height   0.82 (20.75 mm)

Depth    7.68 (195 mm)

Width    7.95 (202 mm)

Weight  1 lb. (0.45 kg)

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